About This Word

hmu

or HMU

What does hmu mean?

Hmu is an abbreviation for the phrase “hit me up.” It’s a request for social invitation, often posted online to announce that you’re looking for something to do and to encourage others to reach out to you. In a one-on-one exchange, it’s an invitation for continued contact, meaning “text me” or “call me” or simply “let’s talk again.”

Hmu can also stand for “hook me up,” which is typically a request to be connected with someone or something in which you have interest.

Finally, hmu can stand for “hold my unicorn,” an internet meme that originated as a joke about the various possibilities of what hmu could stand for.

Where does hmu come from?

“Hit me up” was used before hmu, and was originally meant to request or solicit something. As internet abbreviations began to gain popularity in the early 2000s, the phrase was revamped to refer specifically to social requests, and was shortened to hmu. The earliest Urban Dictionary entry for hmu is from April 2009.

In 2011, the phrase gained more notice when a teenage boy used it on a giant cardboard sign to ask out his prom date. When the principal of his school banned the boy from prom (because the sign was hung over the front of the school), the news story prompted many publications to define hmu for their readers. Google searches for hmu peaked in July 2011, perhaps in connection with this story.

In late 2010 and early 2011, some people responded to hmu’s widespread presence by jokingly defining it as “hold my unicorn.” This form of hmu has become an internet meme.

Who uses hmu?

Hmu is often expressed over text messaging or online, and can be either a request, e.g., “Will you hmu if something happens?” or a demand, e.g., “Hmu if anything is going on.” As a common abbreviation, it’s considered casual, and can appear in contexts like romance, friendship, or after a successful meeting online.

As a meme, “hold my unicorn” is flexible and can be used either in a response or as a single post as a playful jab at the increasingly common use of abbreviations in language.

For example

“All dressed up with no where [sic] to go   - confused face emoji #noplans #hmu #findmeontinder”

Oshiegoldenbear Facebook (February 16, 2017)

“Other meanings for “HMU” :
- Hot man underpants
- Hot musty underarms
- Hug my uterus
- Hold my unicorn
- Hefty male urethra
- Horrible maroon urine
- Hump my umbrella
- Hide my unicorn
- Hannah Montana’s uranium
- Hire moms urinal
- Hold my underboob
- Hot messy underwear
Or for the lovely people who add extra letters ‘Hmmmuu’ Ha my mom made under-cooked uterus.
And just in case you make a typo ‘hmuc’ Hold my umbilical cord”

sweetheart Tumblr (June 27, 2011)

“First client of the day! HMU if you want your makeup done! Thank you so much for trusting me!!”

Elijah @lijuhh18 Twitter (May 6, 2017)

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